Sony Test Uses Aibo Robot Dog for Hospitalized Children

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Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--Sony Corp. <6758> has started a trial for use of its "aibo" robot dog to treat the mental health of children hospitalized at the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo.

In the experiment, which covers some 100 children staying at the center, Sony, under a partnership, will measure the stress and anxiety relief results from interactions with aibo, until the end of March 2021. The company will also announce the findings.

Several aibo robots have already been introduced at the center.

"I'm happy as I feel like aibo is actually listening to what I'm saying," Chisako Matsuura, 10, one of the children hospitalized at the center, said.

Kyoko Tanaka, a doctor at the center, expressed hopes for the healing effects of aibo, saying that some children who had locked themselves in their rooms came out because of the robot animals.

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